Thursday, July 23, 2020

Why Granny Au-Pairs Are a Much Better Choice

Twenty-something au pairs are often full of energy, enthusiasm, and charm, but their life experience is low and – while they might have one eye on your child — the other’s firmly trained on their smartphone, their new boyfriend or the weekend’s social possibilities.

So why should only young women be au-pairs? This was the question Michaela Hansen, a mum-of-two asked before setting up "Granny Au-Pair" in Hamburg, Germany in 2010. As a young mother, she’d had a Spanish au pair — “a lovely young lady but not a big help: she couldn’t fry an egg and was mainly interested in parties. It was like having an extra child”.

Older au-pairs says Hansen, have more life experience and can rise to most challenges. “They don’t easily get flustered if confronted with a screaming toddler. They are more focused. They’re not out all night. They’ve raised their own children and have that experience to fall back on.”

We are all looking for childcare solutions – when au pairs are so pervasive, why hadn’t we heard of granny au-pairs? The concept “fit my thinking” – as a child, her own granny lived in the family home. The older generation has a lot to offer, she feels, in support of the middle generation and to share with the younger.


Monday, July 6, 2020

Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter July 2020

Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter July 2020
by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters


Dear Authors and Publishers:
Read in this July newsletter how some writers found creative hope amid the health crisis in writing short stories - and participating in writing contests. Or they applied for a free writer's residency or a fellowship - something to look forward to later this year or next year.  Others are finishing a novel or two, maybe even write a prequel, a teaser for their work. All mixed with the joy of long, sunny days in July and fresh air. 

Just after I listed these writing contests, I found an article about the winner of the Desperate Literature Prize, an Irish author, Angela Finn. She won US$1,122 for her short story, plus a seven-day residency at Umbria Italy’s beautiful Civitella Ranieri, located at a 15th-century castle ( plus publication, plus …  Sure, there are more valuable monetary prizes, such as the SundayTimes Audible Short Story Award £30,000 for a 6K word short story (see below).  No matter what the prize is: Enjoy the writing process - do what you love most!
The 32 winners of various awards share in a total of £100,000 (US$124,067) in prize money accounted for by nine different prizes. Find out which huge variety of writing contests were/are available:
Don’t you think now it is worthwhile to participate - besides the joy of writing?  For example:


Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize
Awarded annually to a poet writing in English who has not yet published a full-length poetry book. The winning poet will receive $1,000 and 30 author copies.
$25 Entry Fee. Deadline July 4
Oregon Literary Awards
Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women Writers Fellowship and one Writer of Color Fellowship of $3,500 each are also given. Submit three copies of up to 15 pages of poetry or 25 pages of prose. Deadline July 8
F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contests
Residents of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC are eligible. No restrictions on the subject. Limit 4,000 words. First prize $500.
No Entry Fee. Deadline July 31
The Kindle Storyteller Award
A £20,000 literary prize which is recognizing outstanding writing. It is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who published their work through Kindle Direct Publishing.
Deadline Aug 31
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award
A  $1,000 Award will be given to the best book of the year that illuminates the heritage of North America's mid-continental prairies. Books may be in any genre.
No Entry Fee! Deadline July 31
BlackInk Writing Competition
Submit stories of up to 3,000 in any genre for consideration. The winning short stories will be published in BlackInk magazine for Black History Month in October 2020. The overall winner will receive £500 in prize money. Write a short story with a maximum of 3,000 words
No Entry Fee. Deadline Aug 3
Minds on Fire Open Book Prize
Awarded annually and open to any poet writing in English. Previously unpublished manuscripts of 48-90 pages should be submitted. The winning poet will receive $1,000 and 30 author copies. $25 Entry Fee. Deadline Oct 30
SundayTimes Audible Short Story Award
It’s the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000. The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. Deadline November 2020


Wallace Stegner Grant for the Arts
This grant consists of $500 and a free, one-month residency in the Wallace Stegner House in Eastend, SK, Canada. Applicants must be published, Canadian writers.
Deadline Aug 31
Hawai’i Volcanos Ntl. Park Residency
A month-long residency includes a $2,000 stipend. Four residencies offered, close to some of the best beaches in Hawaii. The residency includes the stipend, a studio, housing, events, publicity, etc. Deadline Sept 4
NY Public Library’s Cullman Center Fellowship
Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world’s preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, sports, and urban studies. Deadline September 25, 2020.
The Siena Art Institute’s Summer Residency Program
One month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, grants resident artists a studio space at the Siena Art Institute and a private one-bedroom apartment in the historic city center of Siena, as well as flight compensation for getting to and from Italy.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 residency session.
Deadline Sept 30
Fort Union Ntl. Park Residency
A month in the most beautiful part of Northern New Mexico! Fort Union National Monument, located in Mora County near Watrous, NM, was the hub of commerce, national defense, and migration at the final stretch of the Santa Fe Trail.
Deadline October 8
Chaco Culture Ntl. Historical Park Residency
Residencies in April and October 2021. Includes a $1,000 stipend. Located in northwest New Mexico, close to the Four Corners, Iconic Shiprock, and Monument Valley. Deadline October 8, 2020.
Death Valley Residences
A month-long January residency includes a $2,000 stipend. Artists will stay at the historic Stovepipe Wells Village, in a comfortable room, with all the amenities, including internet and use of the heated pool. 
Deadline Nov 13
Haleakala Ntl. Park Residency
The Haleakalā Residency (July 2021) is open to all artists, writers, photographers, musicians, poets, and performers in ANY art media worldwide. This Residency features a $2,000 stipend, housing inside the Park on the Island of Maui. A rare privilege! Free use of the Wilderness Cabins in the Park for seven nights maximum.
Deadline November 14, 2020.


UK Arts Council England Relief Funds
Up to £2,500 for all forms of the arts including writers. More Relief Funds in the US and Canada can be found here:
US National Endowment for the Arts Grants
Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the Nation. Cost-share/matching grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000.
Deadline July 9
Key West Emerging Writer Awards
Winners receive full tuition support for the January Seminar and Writers’ Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium. US writers of any age who have not yet published are eligible to apply. An award in each category of a short story, poetry, and novel-in-progress. Deadline July 15
Jersey City Arts Relief Fund
All people who work professionally in the arts are encouraged to apply, including (but not limited to) visual artists, literary artists, performing artists, arts technicians, and organizations. Grant levels: $3,000, $1,000, $500. You must be a full-time resident or arts organization in Jersey City, NJ as of 1/1/2020 and arts industry earnings over $4,000 for two of the last five years.
Morland African Writing Scholarships
Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. Submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words, written in English that have been published and offered for sale. Submit a description of between 400 - 1,000 words of the work they intend to write as a full-length book of at least 80,000 words. Deadline Sept 18


Now more important than ever:
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And last but not least: Diversify!
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Read all the tips about earning more here:

Don’t forget your friends in performing art. Compared with them, writers and creative artists, such as painters or sculptures are better off. We can at least continue with what we love to do. And we can publish what we wrote. Live is good... Have a wonderful July!